Prosecutor's Office asks 10 years for investigator who took bribes from OCC
He agreed to cooperate with the investigation and testified against his accomplices. The defense believes that the sentence the Prosecutor’s Office asks for him makes the plea agreements unfeasible.
During the deliberations on the case of Investigator for the Major Crimes Unit of the MIA General Administration Main Investigations Directorate, Viktor Rubashkin, in the Odintsovo City Court, the state asked to sentence him to 10 years in a colony and a fine of 30 million rubles ($440.100), Kommersant reports. Rubashkin pleaded guilty and testified against his accomplices. The defense believes that the sentence the Prosecutor’s Office asks for him makes the plea agreements unfeasible.
Colonel Viktor Rubashkin and his colleague Vladimir Andrievsky was detained by the FSB in November 2015 when taking a bribe of 2 million rubles ($29.360). This was the first tranche of the amount of 10 million rubles ($146.750), in exchange for which the investigators promised to stop the criminal prosecution of the brothers Zhanuko and Don Rafailov, accused of creating an organized crime community. According to the investigation, the Rafailovs organized a system of underground production facilities where illegal immigrants worked. Rubashkin was in charge of the case.
The owner of several malls in Moscow Gennady Manashirov, an acquaintance of Andrievsky, became a mediator in transferring the bribe. It later turned out that the businessman had asked to pay his costs associated with intermediary services. After learning this, the Rafailov brothers went to the FSB.
Six months after the arrest, Rubashkin pleaded guilty and testified against his accomplices. Based on this information, Head of the Department of Neurosurgery of the City Hospital No. 67 Vadim Okutov, who had given the Rafailovs fake medical certificates necessary for their release from custody, was brought to criminal justice. Also, Rubashkin said that Manashirov had previously given siloviki $500 thousand for “exerting psychological pressure” on competitors. The former investigator acted as a key prosecution witness in the trial of Manashirov, Andrievsky, and Okutov. They were sentenced to 12, 11, and 2.5 years’ imprisonment, respectively. The doctor fell under amnesty. Zhanuko Rafailov avoided the charges in his case, while Don Rafailov was sentenced to six years of the colony.
Rubashkin’s lawyer Aleksandr Pakhtusov said that he was shocked by the sentence the state asked for his client. Pakhtusov called the punishment “illogical and not adequate to the circumstances of the case.”
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